Moving Day 101: Essential Things You Will Need on Move-In Day

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“Sometimes there are things in life that are not meant to stay. Sometimes change may not be what we want. Sometimes change is what we need.” –Author Unknown

No matter how you look at it, packing for a move can be quite the pain.

After all, how do you sort a significant number of years into different boxes and categories? Moreover, how do you ensure that all of it would fit into whatever number of boxes you have bought specifically for it? Regardless of how organized you are or how logical your approach towards packing is, packing will inevitably be infuriating at some point—especially when the time comes to unpack and arrange your things yet again in your new home. With so many things to pack, it can be rather easy to lose track of things and forget which box has what in it. Furthermore, it can get somewhat difficult to determine whether you have already pre-packed a specific item and if you would need it immediately soon. It becomes even more infuriating to realize that there are incredibly vital things that you would need as soon as you settle into your new place. These are the things essential for either facilitating the move or ensuring that it is as seamless and as comfortable as possible.

In other words, these are the things that you would not wish to spend ages digging around for and trying to find. These should be packed separately and easily accessible the moment you park your car in your new garage. Ideally, you should never pack them inside boxes and keep them in a separate bag in the passenger seat. This bag should be easy to find and should be the last (not the first) thing you load into the car to ensure you do not forget about it. Below is a list of these necessary items so that your move would be seamless and stress-free whether you are moving to Ametta Place or elsewhere.

1.) Checks

Whether you are paying the packers or the moving company who facilitated your move, you are inevitably going to need your checks to pay for something. Sure, you might think you have enough cash with you, but there is a likely chance that in the flurry of moving activity, there will be something—a payment reminder that you will likely forget. It might be something you were not told about until later or just something you might have overlooked. In any case, keep your checks handy.

2.) Toilet Paper

This one should be fairly obvious. After all, imagine the horror of needing to take care of stomach business in your new home only to find out that you have not unpacked the toilet paper? Unfortunately, it can be rather easy to forget, so it is best to keep them in a separate bag. Furthermore, there is a likely chance that someone would want to use the bathroom even before you have all finished unpacking, so have at least three rolls of it ready.

3.) Paperwork

If you have any sense, you would know that any type of paperwork should not be something you have to search for. More often than not, your move would involve a series of paperwork or documents which you need to have with you by the time it happens. Make the move a little easier and more convenient for you by speeding along the tedious process and having these at hand whenever needed. Have them at the ready in a convenient location and make sure you can quickly produce them when needed.

4.) Snacks and Water

Packing and unpacking during a move would require a tremendous amount of energy from you and your family members who are helping out on the move as well. You would need something to munch on every now and then to make sure you do not get too exhausted. Similarly, you would need to drink water as much as you can to ensure that you stay hydrated. Sure, you might think that it would be rather easy to take out food at the nearest fast food shop or have it delivered to your new address. But those would involve waiting, and it is a whole lot more convenient if you just had food with you on hand. Make sure your snacks do not require any sort of tableware to eat such as cup noodles, crackers and the like. Lastly, water would be vastly preferred to juices and fizzy drinks as the former can quench your thirst better which is essential when you are unpacking and arranging your belongings.

5.) Soap

Much like how you would inevitably need toilet paper, you will need soap as well. After all, you cannot expect to eat with dirty hands or hands just washed with water. With this in mind, ensure you always have a handy bar of soap with you. Alternatively, you can use wet-wipes, hand sanitizers or the like, just make sure you have a disinfectant of some sort with you—especially since you are going to be making use of your new facilities (which are likely still covered in dust). An excellent way to do this is to pack those free soaps they give at hotels in a separate bag together with your packed toilet paper. They are easy to pack and convenient to carry around, and their diminutive size does not add much to the bulk.

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8 Add-Ons to Upgrade Pre-Installed Kitchen Islands

Hold your thought about kitchen islands.
They aren’t there to occupy most of the kitchen floor space. The island offers extra surface during rigorous food prep, storage for cooking items and utensils, and a block keeping hungry guests at bay. Some homeowners aren’t used to the concept of islands and counters. They prefer the traditional dining set.

Contemporary house and lot and condo units have kitchen islands. The structure of these homes undertakes the importance of storage units and maximizing the floor layout. However, the style and form of pre-installed kitchen islands don’t overlap with the homeowner’s acquired taste. A condo at Bonifacio High Street requires a modern piece. It may be something unique and grounded to match the city’s energy.

Try not to fret if the kitchen counter doesn’t fit your style. There are several ways to upgrade pre-installed kitchen islands. These items will elevate and bring the kitchen island to life.

1. Bars

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Towel bars offer the best solutions for organization hacks. Kitchen with limited space will benefit from the smart and efficient uses of these thin bars. Install a long bar to hold or store lids when cooking. It also prevents them getting lost in the back of cabinets. It is also perfect for displaying sets of pans and collection of mugs. Other than hand towels, it solves storage problems by providing *an anchor for baskets.

2. Hooks

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Whether its adhesive hooks, anchors or plain old nails, hooks are organizing superstars. They camouflage wires, conceal plastic trash bags, distribute measure cups, hang kitchen wraps and pot lids, and basket for extra storage. Hooks are smaller than bars so they won’t get in the way of work and existing kitchen design.

3. Stools

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Think of height, style, and comfort when finding the right kitchen stool. First, measure the height of island’s surface. There must be 9 to 13 inches between the seat and the counter. Chair stools are 18 inches high from the floor to the seat. It works with surfaces 28 to 30 inches in height. Counter stools are 24 to 26 inches while bar stools are 28 to 30 from floor to the seat. Counter stools go with tables 36 to 39 inches in height while bar stools require 40 to 42 inches.

The space between each stool is critical for comfort and people’s movement. There’s no problem with style as several materials are complementing various kitchen aesthetics. The island can have a backless, casual or swivel seating.

4. Countertop

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Good news! It is possible to swap existing kitchen counter with something luxe or low-maintenance. The right countertop follows the home’s overall decorating scheme. A concrete countertop provides a variety of looks depending on its color pigmentation and the amount of aggregate in the mix. Stainless steel has a reflective quality making it perfect for small spaces. The reflection gives a beautiful and elegant look. Copper is pliable and ideal to produce countertops with interesting edges. Moreover, it gives off a warm glow to any kitchen. Other materials like marble, granite, and zinc are viable options as a countertop surface. Adding a glass top is also a game changer.

5. Knobs and Pull

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Changing cabinet handles is a non-committal way to enhance the look of an area. Having knobs and pulls prevents stains on cabinet surfaces and lengthens its lifespan. Hardware also provides ease of access to drawers. It must fit inside your hand and feel right to the touch. There must be no sharp edges and ridges. It must be comfortable for your fingers. Knobs and pulls are the jewelry of the kitchen. They must blend into the area, coordinate the pieces of furniture in it and enhance the design. Before purchasing for the entire kitchen, test it out to get the perfect fit.

6. Appliances

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Instead of placing the oven, dishwasher or dryer in a different spot, have it built on the kitchen island. It will give you additional floor area for cabinets, cooking ranges, refrigerator, oven, extra seating or the sink. Installing it on the isle conceals wiring and unalluring backside of the appliance. Most of all, the setup saves the item from damage.

7. Shelves

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Open shelves offer freedom to store and take cooking ingredients and utensils anytime you need them. It also prevents accidents and ruckus from bumping into cabinet doors and handles. If aiming for aesthetic, fret not. Open shelving is charming and classy as it displays food stock and baking ingredients in fancy jars and pretty containers. Customizing the stackables on the shelf uplifts repurposed old bookshelves of drilled wood from a previous project. However, beware of low-lying shelves if there are children at home. Place a glass casing to prevent them from grabbing stuff on display.

8. Trim

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Adding trim to the surface of your kitchen island changes the look and vibe of the kitchen. Uniform scallops produce a vintage, laid-back beach house vibe. Irregularly shaped waves transform the room into a modern and playful dining area. Explore different trimming designs before settling on one to find the best fit for the house.

The kitchen is a small and messy area, but it’s no excuse to make it a work of art. The kitchen island can be the star of the room with the right add-on, finishes, and trim. When this happens, family members and guests can have an enjoyable dining experience.

Hunt Down These Sports Gear at 4 Local Sporting Stores

Players require appropriate sporting gear to deliver the best performance. Besides optimal performance, some sports need equipment to play them. Others require protective gear to minimize the impact of a collision and prevent injuries.

If you wish to try a new sport or release your adrenaline, you must purchase the necessary items below. It’s best to arm yourself before heading to the playing field.

Baseball

Mizuno, Abreeza Mall

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First Baseman’s Mitt

First basemen receive throws from infielders and catch attempts from pitchers. Thus, their gloves are different from the rest of the players in the field. First basemen and catchers are the only ones to wear mitts. The leather mitt has a deep pocket to withstand several catches. It has open style-webbing to scoop throws or stop ground balls without bringing amounts of dirt. The robust curved edged design and large size make it easy for infielders to spot the player.

Catcher’s Mitt

A catcher’s mitt is smaller than the first baseman’s. It has a closed webbing for quick moving balls and conceals pitch calls. If you want a better view of incoming balls, you may consider open webbing. You can have padding on your mitt for protection, but it will come with a smaller pocket. Using mitt an inch bigger to provide the full pocket you need. Catcher’s mitt uses the measure of the player’s circumference.

Catcher’s Mask and Chest Protector

Often, expensive gear is lighter and absorbs more energy than cheap gear. Some equipment uses an advanced material with less weight even if it offers the same protection as its alternatives. Bulky equipment slows down as the player when running or throwing to bases. Protective gear must have the right fit so it won’t move and expose the body from injury.

There are two types of helmet you can choose – traditional mask or hockey style. The traditional style is earless and worn from the backside. This feature offers players vision of the field and makes it easy to toss it after a play. The hockey style is the most comfortable and has the most protection. Both helmets are adjustable to fit the shape of the wearer’s head.

Basketball and Soccer Equipment

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Shoes

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An all-around basket player needs footwear with a perfect fit for running in a straight line or quickly shift direction. The shoe must keep your heel in place, offer ankle support and have enough cushion to make you comfortable during the game.

Your feet will be in contact with the force when playing soccer so you must know its parts. That way, you can select the shoes which complement your performance during the game. The material of the insole, midsole, outsole, vamp, and cleats all affect the construction of footwear aimed at specific playing surfaces.

Soccer ball

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Soccer balls may have a casing made of PVC (polyvinyl carbonate), PU (polyurethane), a combination of PVC/PU, or synthetic leather. PVC balls are cheap, and PU balls are softer to touch than PVC ones. Synthetic leather balls are the easiest to control. The ball comes in five sizes, so it’s best to check with a coach on restrictions before buying one. It also varies depending on the type of game and playing field.

Golfing Gear

Mizuno, Harbor Point Mall

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Clubs

A primary set must include the putter, pitching wedge, sand wedge, three, five, seven and nine irons; the three wood; the driver. A beginner set of clubs is ideal in case you plan to quit, but a full set of clubs is a must after a year of playing. You will have an additional three pitching wedge irons, yet you must select a separate putter. A blade type putter is great for starters. You can choose between graphite and steel shafts. If you are a committed golfer, you can customize your golf clubs to fit your size and swing.

Golf shoes

Since your feet will carry most of your weight, you must select a comfortable pair. Modern pairs vary in appearance. There are dress-style shoes, athletic style, and golf sandals. Comfortable pairs of shoes come in different price ranges so you must think of your price requirements before settling on footwear. Also, don’t forget to try it for a walk and a few swings if possible. It gives you an idea how it feels when using it.

Decathlon, Festival Mall

Golf gloves

Find out the material you prefer to use. Leather gloves turn soft when you use them frequently. Still, it lasts longer than gloves made of other materials. Meanwhile, synthetic gloves offer better grip during hot and wet weather conditions. The glove must fit each finger and slide smoothly in the palm of your hand. You must use the Velcro closure or attach the snap to secure it in place. There should be enough material between the ends of each finger. Too much indicates you have the wrong size of glove.

Tees

You must purchase the right tee to regulate the height of your swing. Typical lengths of golf tees come in three sizes – 2.75, 3.25 and 4 inches. If you tee off with wood, hybrid club or iron, you must use the smallest tees. Those who wish to use tees above the grass can use 1 1/2 or 2 1/8 inches while players with large hands can opt for 3.25 and 4-inch tees.

Tennis Equipment

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Racquet

Power or game improvement racquets are for players with shorter and slower swings. They are lightweight and feature an oversized to super-oversized heads. ‘Tweener racquets are head-light to head-heavy and extended in length. On the other hand, control or player racquets are heavy with small heads. The weight of the head is symmetrical with its body.

Tennis shoes

A pair of playing shoes is flat with a pattern on its soles. The designs depend on the terrain of the playing court. A durable sole is necessary for baseline players due to their constant lateral motion. Serve-and-volley players need a shoe with a durable toecap and medial on the arch to support their back foot. Foot type also plays a role when selecting proper tennis footwear. Overpronators need stabilizing tennis shoes while under pronators are better off with flexible kinds of shoes to alleviate shock issues during swift lateral movements.

Protective gear, playing equipment and accessories are a must when playing a team or individual sports. Finding the right fit and material is essential to improve your game.

Leisure Living: The Five Main Perks of Living by the Sea “

 

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“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.”-Hermann Broch

Have you ever wondered what a perpetual holiday or vacation would look like?
Well, for starters, it is a home by the sea and waking up to the glorious sunrise basking over the gentle and serene ocean ripples. It is having your early morning cup of joe by the sea and inhaling the salty sea breeze and the scent of summer. It is going to sleep at night with the sound of cascading waves to keep you company. Furthermore, it is being at peace with the fact that you are to wake up to this scenario every single day of your life.

It sounds like an idyllic plan, is it not? Unfortunately, while living by the sea affords you the kind of leisure and relaxation that most traditional homeowners live without, most developers offering seaside living would offer their properties at an exorbitant premium. However, while you might be paying quite a pricey down payment for these kinds of properties, know that you are not only paying for the piece of land and house you will be residing in. In one way or another, you are also paying for a life that would seldom need a vacation. After all, with the ocean just a few meters away from your property, do you really need to go elsewhere just for a breather? Once you have decided on settling by the sea, you would no sooner than expect that you would never be missing the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolitan. With palm and coconut trees surrounding you, sand on your feet and the smell of salty air, you would find yourself not missing the tall skyscrapers, traffic onslaughts and pollutions of a progressive city.

If seaside living has been something you have been contemplating about, consider Anvaya Cove Bataan. In any case, below is a list of the generous perks seaside living would afford you:

1.) It allows you to be healthy

Mental benefits aside, it has been shown that seaside living can positively impact an individual’s overall health. Sunlight, of which the beach gets significant dosages of, is incredibly beneficial to our skin. This is because sunlight has Vitamin D which helps your body absorb calcium and by extension, strengthens your bones. Furthermore, the sea helps you better with its negatively charged ions. Resultantly, you are less stressed and are generally in a better mood.

2.) It gives you a myriad of things to do

Life by the sea offers you a variety of activities to do at the weekend while living in the city constrains you to a life of monotony. Metropolitan living limits your entire week to going to work, eating and maybe going to the mall to relax and breathe. It is incredibly rare (and only when time permits) for you to ever have a chance to get away from the city and have a vacation. And when you do, it usually involves a long drive or a plane ticket. When you live by the sea, it is like being on holiday every single day of your life. Moreover, it offers you a diverse plethora of recreational activities to do such as swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, sunbathing and the like.

3.) It is great for your well-being

Living in a place that allows you to wake up to the sight of the sun, sea and lush waves every single day tends to make you appreciate the small things in life. Compared to being cloistered and stifled in an apartment unit smack dab in the middle of the city, seaside living is not only a place for relaxation and serenity but an avenue for self-exploration. It allows you to contemplate and reflect. Moreover, it has been found that the sound of crashing waves inspires creativity. So living by the sea might be a good opportunity for you to discover your hidden talents and skills.

4.) It allows you to disconnect

In a way, seaside living allows you to connect more to yourself and your surroundings simply by giving you the chance to disconnect. Living in a busy cosmopolitan tends to make us inadvertently glue ourselves to our cellphone or computer screens—so much so that we are perpetually connected online and missing the small things in life. This habit has been known to increase stress levels and is potentially harmful to the body. Living by the sea, however, allows you to meditate. Even a few minutes spent just looking at the horizon and listening to the wave would be enough to rejuvenate your well-being.

5.) Delicious seafood

Seafood is hard to come by in the city, and when you do find them, they would be incredibly overpriced. This is because the logistics of getting seafood into the city can be a bit complicated and overly long—especially when the city is nowhere near any ports or even seas. However, when you are living by the sea, you are not only given access to cheap seafood but the freshest ones as well. No doubt, you can expect seafood restaurants to be cropping up here and there ensuring that you always get the fresh catch of the day.

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Home Buying 101: Five Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying a Home

“Twenty years from now on, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

 

Buying a home, regardless of where it might be, is a keystone of wealth. As it is considered a universally fundamental need by all of us, it is understandable that a lot of meticulous thought goes into buying one—particularly if it is your first flat. Furthermore, as your home would probably be one of your life’s most significant and expensive investments, it would only make sense to ensure you get the very best for what you can afford. In any case, whether you are planning on buying a condo in Avida Towers Cebu or elsewhere, here are some questions you should be asking:

Do you offer discounts

As most developers are looking to close the deal with prospective clients and homeowners, many of them are more than willing to shell out discounts. However, you do need to have a flair for negotiation. Do not hesitate to ask for this or you might just miss out. Alternatively, while there is no discount, there might be other offers and incentives such as pre-selling promotions. In some cases, your unit might come with free furnishings depending on where it is.

Is the reservation fee refundable

If you do not wish to incur penalties or other incidentals, ask your developer whether the reservation fee is refundable. After all, you would not want to waste money should you decide not to push through with the sale. Elect to have it in writing so that you have a written proof. Incidentally, knowing whether a reservation fee is refundable or not will tend to affect your final decision in choosing a home as well.

What are the standard finishes included?

While your developer is going to inevitably show you model houses and units, you cannot reasonably expect that your finished home would look precisely like them. They are just a preview of what your homes might look like once it is finished. To ensure that you and your developer are on the same page, it is best to know what is included in the property you are buying. This means taking note of the finishes you might often overlook such as the kitchen accessories, window types, type of floor tiling, door design and the like.

Can I customize my unit?

Everyone wants to give their homes a bit of character and personality, but this is not exactly possible all the time. Ask your developer if it is possible to incorporate some changes into the design of your unit and if you can change some of the layout. If you have bought the property during the pre-selling stage, there is a likely chance that it would be accommodated during the construction, but it usually comes at an additional cost.

When will the building be fully completed?

While the date of completion is not a certain date, you should have an idea of when your developer expects to complete his project. In this regard, you would be able to adequately plan your move-in and expedite the process as well. Furthermore, if you move in without the entire building being finished just yet, there is a likely chance that you would be dealing with the noise and distraction of the construction work going on outside. Apart from knowing when your unit would be finished, it is also a good idea to ask when your developer reasonably expects to finish the building as well.

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Three Must-Visit Malls in BGC

Bonifacio Global City is the central business district of Taguig. Though some parts of it are still under construction, it became a popular urban destination for the young and vibrant population. The street art, business opportunities, and weekend revelry attract people from all walks of life.

Still, the one thing that draws people to a place is a shopping mall. BGC will not grow without one. Here are three malls in the district worth the drop by:

SM Aura

SM Aura is home to cultural and social events because of Samsung Hall. Besides the numerous activities that fill social calendars, it is popular with diverse crowd due to its tasteful, contemporary stores.

The mall has Crate+Barrel, Gourdo’s and Kultura to fill your bare condo. It has a two-level Forever 21 and a branch of Bershka, Ever New, Stradivarius, and Zara to fill empty closets. It also has a Cyberzone on the top floor along with an avant-garde food court.

You can spot the contemporary setting of the food court from a mile away. It serves comfort food faves such as crepes, Frankie’s buffalo wings, beef pound burgers, and paella. There’s also Pepper Lunch, Sbarro and a stall that sells organic food. What sets the food court apart from other SM malls is its floor layout. The tables and chairs are enough to accommodate lunch groups from corporate offices in the block. The place is also kept fresh and clean by the housekeepers religiously walking in the hall.

Uptown Mall

Uptown Mall is the latest addition to the upscale developments of Megaworld centered on lifestyle. You can find the multi-level retail and dining haven at the posh 9th Avenue.

The mall still has empty spaces since it is relatively new, but it has boutiques for fashion fanatics, travel, and sports enthusiast. Fast fashion stores like H&M and Uniqlo established their branches on the lower levels. You can also find Topshop, Topman, Nine West and Aldo. Moreover, you can spot items from Instagram shops on Mercer Street, a concept store on the second floor. Nike, Adidas, and other sports-related establishments are on the top levels.

There are bars, bistros, gastropubs and various dining options around the area. Homegrown restaurants such as Livestock, Hook, Sweet Ecstasy are worth visiting. You can enjoy Asian cuisines and Western breakfast menu al fresco on the mall’s veranda.

You can spot the organized and well-kept staff maintaining the pristine floors and comfortable rooms.

Venice Grand Canal Mall

The mall is a small rendition of the romantic city in Italy. The buildings in the area are pastel-themed, and architecture is patterned to European structures. The mall has an artificial lake where visitors can rent and ride the gondolas. You can also place love locks like those in Paris! The whole place is indeed a picture-perfect paradise.

Venice Grand Canal Mall is notable for the restaurants in and out the complex. The mall is lined with establishments that offer international street food and local gourmet palate. There are casual dining restaurants such as Mati’s Meat and Bread, Comfort Tuesdays, Rice & Dough which serves deep-fried favorites such as wings, potatoes, and pizzas. If you want to immerse to a different palate, you can head to Café del Mar, The Meatball Revolution, and Toni & Sergio.

The Grand Canal also has fine-dining spots. Ponte Rialto and Gran Caffe’ Lavena brings authentic Italian cuisine without consuming air miles. Last but not the least, you can have a feast of local flavors in Cuesina Garden Bistro and Alab by Chef Tatung.

The mall is spacious, luxurious and airy. It celebrates life and keeps the romance alive through the ambiance, amenities, and food.

Venice Grand Canal Mall, Uptown Mall, and SM Aura are the malls you must visit the next time you chance upon BGC. These malls are highly-recommended for a reason. They do not only offer brands of retails and dining, but they also make sure to provide an unforgettable shopping experience.

Subletting Alternatives: Four Reasons Why You Should Rent Out Your Units to AirBnb for the Long-Term

“Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.”-Andre Carnegie

Today, the logistics and avenues for real estate investment are continuously evolving in such a way that it caters to almost, every consumer’s demand and convenience. Back then, we saw our rental properties as profit generators and expect our prospective clients to ride us through the tide for at least six months or more. People who are in the vicinity for a short period, however, would have to rely on lodges, bed and baths and hotels. Fortunately, through technology and the influence of the Internet, Airbnb was created. This app allows people to sublet their rental properties for shorter terms while tenants get the satisfaction of living in a place akin to home sans the exorbitant accommodation bill. As a result, a symbiotic relationship is created between the host and tenant in such a way that the host gets short-term profits every time the property is rented out while the tenant has a place to stay for a few days.

However, instead of renting it out for a few days or weeks, you should start considering having it rented out for the long term. Well, if you have an empty unit in Avida Towers Cebu, you might want to consider expanding your Airbnb offering. Here are the reasons why:

1.) You live in the right neighborhood

Not all communities are created the same. There are some neighborhoods that are ideal for cultivating familial relationships while there are those that are ideal for young professionals looking to find their place in the world. If your property is any of two, there is a likely chance that a lot of individuals would be seeking it out. Airbnb provides families and individuals alike a unique avenue to look for a neighborhood that suits their lifestyle should they ever relocate to an unknown city. If you happen to be in the right neighborhood, your listing is a premier pick for long-term lease.

2.) You wish to have more time on your hands

Managing an Airbnb property that has people walking in and out almost every single day can be time-consuming, and if you have a day job, this can sometimes be impossible to pull-off. If such is the case, then you might want to reconsider your short-term listing and offer it for long-term as you would only need to find tenants and that is it—you are done with work. Finding long-term tenants dispenses with the need to update your listing and calendar every day. You would not need to clean and prepare your property every single time a tenant leaves giving you more time to yourself.

3.) You have a second empty home

In lieu of having your second property unoccupied and empty, why not open it up for a long-term rental on Airbnb? It might not occur to you yet, but it could potentially be a profit generator—so, in this regard, do not simply have it empty and sitting ducks. If you do not wish to have various strangers in and out of your home, consider having it rented for the long-term. Not only will this ensure you have a steady income for months at a time, but you would worry less knowing that you do not have different people coming in and out of your property.

4.) You want to be paid on time

An excellent advantage of listing in Airbnb is payments and getting paid on time. Airbnb requires tenants to pay using their credit card which means that rent will be given on time via the service you listed. This is a significant advantage for landlords as it ensures they would not have to worry about clients defaulting on their rental payments.

 

Home Decorating 101: Five Fail-safe Tips and Techniques to Picking Paint Colors

“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I could not say any other way—things I had no words for.”-Georgia O’Keefe

It has been said that we should paint our lives with the colors of the rainbow. If we apply the same sentiment to how we decorate our houses, then our homes should not only possess interesting furniture and décor but appropriate paint colors as well. However, choosing the best color can be a bit of a challenge to most of us considering that there is a myriad of lighter and darker tones for a singular hue—and that is not to mention that the color palette itself is already a multitude of various colors. So, how do we reconcile our inability to select an excellent paint color and decorating our homes with fresh hues? How do we ensure that the colors we do choose do not clash with our furniture? Well, whether you are billeted in a condo such as Avida Towers Centera or elsewhere, here are the fail-safe techniques and tricks you can use to choosing the right paint color:

1.) Do not pick your paint color first

It may seem counterintuitive considering that it is only natural to get the biggest things done first. However, picking your paint color should be the last thing you do. Observe the surroundings of your home and have a rough picture of how you want it to look like when it is all done. With this in mind, choosing your furniture and interior decorations is paramount to selecting the right color. After you have selected your furniture, you will have a much easier time in picking the right paint color.

2.) Start small

It is pretty often that big projects such as painting a home can be a bit overwhelming and undoubtedly, some of us will have little to no idea where to start. If you are unsure of where to begin, then start with the small rooms first such as the bathroom or hallways between rooms. Should you be undertaking this paint project yourself, paint the area that is quickest for you to accomplish so that you can see the results as soon as possible. This would then make it easier for you to change should you not like the results.

3.) Consider the lighting

Before selecting a color, it is imperative that you consider the lighting of your homes. Paint stores have light boxes installed in their shops so that you can accurately test paint chips in various light settings. If you wish to see the truest color, natural daylight will reflect it; incandescent lighting brings out the yellows and warm tones while fluorescent lights tend to cast sharp blue tones. With this in consideration, choose the colors most appropriate for the type of lighting you have in your room. Intense colors would appear bright and overpowering when used next to a big window or exclusively on walls. However, it would look stunning when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

4.) Test paint colors against fabrics and furniture

The paint colors you choose should complement the furniture and fabrics within a room to ensure that they do not clash. To check if a particular color would look appropriate with your furniture, paint a piece of paper or poster board and hold it up against various pieces of furniture and fabrics contained in the room to see if it goes well together. You do not necessarily have to match colors, but be sure that the undertones work well together.

5.) Have a color theme

This does not necessarily mean you have to paint your homes in a singular color, but you have to consider how the results will look like once you are done painting the entire home. In essence, this would mean that you consider how rooms will look like when standing in another—especially if these rooms open into one another. If you wish to go with one color exclusively, then play with contrasts and paint some rooms a few shades darker or lighter.

 

Home Is Where The Heart Is: Five Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting

“The greatest investment and greatest fair deal and enterprise is family, cozy homes. A cozy home is based on cozy people. Cozy people are not brought and imported; they are made from the time of birth to the time of infinity.” -Harbhajan Singh Yogi

 

Home is where the heart is.

This is a familiar adage that sagely proclaims that our homes should be a form of sanctuary—a haven if you might, where we are called not only to rest our bones and weary bodies but somewhere we can feel safe and comfortable. Our homes should not only be structures made of bricks and stones but that place where every single one of us can look forward to going after a long and tiring day. As it is, the best memories are forged in a home that cultivates a cozy and inviting atmosphere—one that beckons visitors to come in, have guests linger for a little while longer and make family members never want to leave. Indeed, a place such as this would give you the fondest memories and a relaxed lifestyle.

However, how does one create an inviting home? How do you ensure you can cloak it with an inviting aura that entices people to stay? Whether you have a condo in Manila or a flat elsewhere, here are some of the creative ways you can create that inviting atmosphere:

1.) Let your front door and entryway set the inviting tone

An excellent way to establish an atmosphere that beguiles is to set the tone first. In doing so, you will not only be making a good first impression, but you would create enough interest for your guests to discover more about your home. Elevate your curb appeal and never underestimate the inviting power of a front door and entryway. Install a welcome mat and a few potted plants by your front door. Furthermore, you should make sure that this area is clean and devoid of any clutter.

2.) Use color and other design tricks to pull eyes through your space

In designing an inviting space, consider your guests’ perspectives. With this in mind, you should pay close attention to utilizing a creative design at the farthest point of view. An excellent example of this is to install a painting on the far wall just across from your front door. Emphasize this design piece by adding more fun art and lighting beside it. This design aspect alone will intrigue your guests and would pull them through your home all the while inviting them to explore your space.

3.) Have as many leafy, long, trailing and green plants

Incorporate natural elements into your home and make it seem eco-friendlier by strategically placing green, long and trailing plants all over the place. Potted plants not only make your home seem a natural, but they also enliven the space by bringing life to it. Additionally, the abundance of plants promotes a relaxing and calming ambiance that would be ideal for individuals looking to have a little relaxing space after a long and busy day.

4.) Personalize at least one furniture piece

One way to make your home more inviting and a lot more unique is to have at least one personalized furniture piece. This furniture piece can be anything—from a reupholstered furniture designed in a fun fabric or artwork you made yourself—let this be the distinctive feature of your home that sets it apart from the others (and keep it from looking like the inside of a catalog). Furthermore, personalized furniture pieces or design pieces make for excellent conversation starters as well.

5.) Have good smell linger in your home

One great way to make a significant impact on your guests is not only to stimulate their visual senses but their olfactory sense as well. Rid your house of any bad smell and have a signature scent you can have lingering in your home. If you want to take the natural route, place a vase full of fragrant flowers and it will do the trick. Alternatively, you can use potpourri as well. If you have a sensitive nose and are adverse to fragrances, then at the very least make sure your home does not have any bad smells lingering about.

Five Steps to Turn Your Flat into an Elegant home

“Do you know what elegance is? It is not only what you are wearing, it is how you wear it, who you are inside. It is the way you decorate your house, what you surround yourself with, what books you read and what your interests are.” -Carolina Herrera

Without a doubt, achieving elegance in our homes would be difficult as elegance is subjective, much like beauty is. Incorporating a bit of elegance in our homes is not straightforward and can feel a bit frustrating at times. However, there are universal concepts that we can all agree on that would make a home truly elegant such as the ones below. Whether you are sprucing up your condo unit in Arbor Lanes or looking for a way to bring a touch of sophistication to your homes, here are the steps to making your homes truly elegant:

1.) Select a color theme

A color theme that does not clash and highlights the most important aspects and elements of your home is imperative in turning your homes into an elegant dwelling. Select a color palette consisting of at least 2-3 main colors with 3-4 complimentary colors—make sure that these colors go well together and would work in harmony. A good example is to tale main colors such cream, brown, and green while your complimentary colors should be shades lighter or darker than your main colors. Examples would be ivory, beige, and champagne. Do not go for colors that heavily contrast each other unless you are looking to contrast colors for a specific feature in a room.

2.) Choose the main items to highlight

Highlighting the main objects in a room not only gives it significance, but it significantly increases the elegant and sophistication factor of your room. Some of the items you can highlight are major furnishings such as bookshelves, a large sofa or even the room itself by utilizing creative paintwork and excellent carpeting.

3.) Create a focus in the room

Unlike choosing main items to highlight, the focus of a room should be the center point or feature that would catch the eye upon entrance of the room. It should draw eyes and start conversations whenever people are in the room. It can be a rather uncanny object such as an unusual chair or bookcase, an intricately framed mirror, a wall of photos or an abstract painting. Let this be the one attraction of the room and let everything else support and complement it. Remember to only add one focus as when you incorporate too many aspects; it creates visual noise that would result in a stressful rather than a unified look.

4.) Clean up the clutter

Clutter is another source of visual noise, and it tends to detract a room’s elegance and beauty. Stuff such as mail, magazines, shopping catalogs and even remote controls should be stowed away as it is not pleasing to look at with the rest of your décor. Do not have too many items or trinkets on display and set a rule on how many items should be on any counter or table surface.

5.) Select beautiful things to give your home a soul

Let your décor speak about your home’s character as well as show a glimpse of what their inhabitants are like. One of the features of an elegant home is a well-loved home, so decorate but do not go overboard. Select some of the most beautiful things that have some meaning to you and place them strategically in your home. Some souvenirs from your travels may do the trick, a unique centerpiece on your dining table or works of art you have done are great selections for this. Additionally, these items are also great conversation starters as they create a spark of interest in a home. Steer clear from overly minimalistic kind of decorating as they make your homes look dull and without life.